Yogurt is a milk product packed with many vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body. It has been eaten even by ancient people to counteract their sedentary lifestyle. Over the next centuries, yogurt has become world famous and in the 16th century, King Francois I of France was given yogurt to treat his diarrhea. Moving on to the 20th century, commercially made yogurt was introduced to the masses with the first factory opened in France in 1932 by Daniel Carasso. Today, yogurt is still considered as healthy food and it has become part of the diet of many people.
Convenience is one key factor why many choose to buy yogurt from the store. However, when buying from a local store, you should read what is written on the labels. If you read between the lines, most of the yogurts that are spoonable, drinkable, and squeezable have added sugar, fillers, and artificial ingredients. Furthermore, you do not know the quality of the milk used in making a healthy treat. Milk that has a poor quality can affect the consistency and the creaminess of the yogurt. Lastly, there are yogurts that are made from soy or corn that were probably genetically engineered.
So if you are really into your health, why not consider making a version of yogurt inside your own kitchen?
Making yogurt is very easy especially if you follow the simple steps below.
Choose your milk. Ideally, raw milk is the milk of choice. However, if you do not have access to it, make sure that you use non-homogenized and low pasteurized milk. For this recipe, you will need a ½ gallon of milk.
Heat the milk. In a pan and over medium heat, heat the milk until 180°F.
Cool the milk. After it reaches 180°F, transfer the milk in jars and let it cool to 115°F.
Add the Live Bacteria. When it reaches the needed temperature, add the yogurt starter to your milk and stir.
Incubate the yogurt. Using a yogurt maker, incubate the mixture for 7-9 hours. But you can always extend the time depending on your preference. And if you are planning to buy a yogurt maker, a review by Yogurt Nerd is worth to read.
Cool the yogurt. Remove the yogurt from the yogurt maker and place it inside the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to cool it down and thicken it. After which you have a nutritious treat that everybody would enjoy.